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Andrew Dudley: Never Forgotten

The passing away of classmate, friend and son Andrew Dudely touched the whole community. Gone too soon, at only 18, and a month away from graduating high school.

We often say "appreciate the little things" or "don't take it for granted," and we think nothing of it. On April 25th, 2012, at about 8:45pm, in a fashion nobody would have ever pictured. Andrew was a senior at , touching many of the students that attend or attended school in the Park.

Many kind words were written on his Facebook wall the night of his passing; from close friends to classmates that saw him in and around the school. Students mentioned how Andrew made them smile, or made a difference in their days at school. I guess it is easy to say that he comforted people with his smile and presence, in and out of school.

St. Louis Park has been through some rough patches recently, and it's times like these that the community of St. Louis Park comes together. Just this past week Joel Koch, a person you could find walking around the halls at St. Louis Park High, . Days later the city was struck with another terrible loss. The halls are scarce and quiet at the high school; students have been impacted by Andrew's passing.

"It's quiet, it has truly been the saddest day I have spent at this school," senior Max Arko said.

Andrew Dudley had a kind, funny, caring and unselfish character all the time. As a former classmate of his, I know there was never a dull moment—he truly lived his life on the edge.

Next time you see your family or friends, don't be afraid to give them a hug. Life is precious, and you only get one chance, so here is my advice to you: Appreciate the ones around you, because they are there for a reason. Truly live your lives to the fullest and tell your family you love them every chance you get—because you really don’t know the next time you will be able to.

Note: Andrew, I know you’re in a better place; god chose you for a reason. We all miss you; you truly left a mark on this city. We will never forget. Rest In Peace.

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Trent December 15, 2012 at 04:35 PM
I read this months later, a link of one of the top stories in SLP.For me it has a greater meaning. This has been one of the top stories in my entire life. This is true for many, AD was a life changer. He didn't meet one person he didn't make an impact on. The same can be said for the great Joel Koch, who was a mentor, a coach, a friend, and a father to our community. We loved them both for that and so many other things. Thanks Justin, for writing this great piece on Andrew and Joel. God help the souls to which you have taken from us this year as we continue to be affected by them throughout our live.

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